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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Film with an All-Star cast, 5 July 2003
With the finest British actors of the time and plot line that will keep you thinking for years after, Some Will Some Won't is truly a masterpiece and a must for any connoisseur's collection. Some of the characterisation is somewhat type-cast but with good reason; the parts are all played flawlessly and I defy anyone to dislike this film!
Published on 5 July 2003

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars v funny
incredible intro goes downhill progressively to end.
increasingly corny for todays taste.
predictable humour.the acting is classic but gets a bit repetitive
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Film with an All-Star cast, 5 July 2003, 5 July 2003
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With the finest British actors of the time and plot line that will keep you thinking for years after, Some Will Some Won't is truly a masterpiece and a must for any connoisseur's collection. Some of the characterisation is somewhat type-cast but with good reason; the parts are all played flawlessly and I defy anyone to dislike this film!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HUGELY ENJOYABLE CLASSIC SCREEN COMEDY, BORN OF ANOTHER CLASSIC, 17 Jun 2014
This review is from: Some Will, Some Won't [DVD] (DVD)
The last picture put into production by Associated British / ABPC before Lord Delfont selected Sir Bryan Forbes to head-up a new 1969-71 production programme, its status as a sure-fire hit was the reason the ABPC founders (who were deposed in 1968-70 after mostly all being in place since the 1920s) knew it would raise their city profile after several years of neglecting their filmmaking front for other pursuits such as property and leisure.

They had refused Universal the rights to use it for reworking in 1964-5 - as a 'postcard London' showcase - with an entirely different and lightweight cast ensemble, and in the process of rushing it through to cinemas in what the trade called 'death bed repentance' in 1969, they threw out much of the updated late sixties elements of the script SOME WILL SOME WON'T in censure, aiming to keep a mainstream family audience for the widest possible playing in their ABC's: in this they merely reinstated whole sections of the original film screenstory from 1949, in what was originally repackaged and filmed as MORE LAUGHTER IN PARADISE.

The BBC's Duncan Wood had enthusiastically launched into movies as part of an earlier ABPC plan, only to be kept dangling when each project was delayed in favour of the 'right moment'. Likely through a rushed six-week schedule, Wood as the big screen director misses most of the possibilities to elaborate upon the familiar situations, and dreadfully cuts short others. (The Big Ben sequence at the start was supposed to run for nearly three minutes, and lasts only for a few seconds). Arthur Lowe, Stephen Lewis, Frank Thornton are merely featured for the familiarity of their faces, and raise their smiles from their own resources as they are not given anything to work with.

Rare for remakes - and as in the case of the 1978-9 Hammer/Rank remake of Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES (1938) - this stands equal with its forefather, 1950s' LAUGHTER IN PARADISE. But as the first example was one of being able to build upon an original success, this was an opportunity squandered by ABPC.

Anyone acquainted with this picture - its dream star cast and the oddball antics - will know that despite that regular lament for 'what could have been' - one's collection cannot be complete without it, and there isn't a time when one wouldn't feel like watching it over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite so "funny" as Laughter in Paradise?, 6 Sep 2014
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The first question to ask is would one rate this film any higher were it not for the standard set by its predecessor "Laughter in Paradise"? (Comic Icons: Alastair Sim Collection [DVD]

The plot for the two films is roughly the same; the differences lie in the detail and the casting, of course.

Both films have a top ranking line-up of actors/actresses, but for me the success of "Laughter in Paradise" rests with the choice of roles played by each. So let us make a rough comparison, "Laughter in Paradise" first:

Alastair Sim cf Michael Hordern ...Denniston Russell

George Cole cf Ronnie Corbett ... Herbert Russell

Guy Middleton cf Leslie Phillips ... Simon Russell

Fay Compton cf Thora Hird ... Agnes Russell

Beatrice Campbell cf Barbara Murray ... Lucille Grayson

Joyce Grenfell cf Eleanor Summerfield ... Elizabeth Robson

Eleanor Summerfield cf Sheila Steafel ... Sheila Wilcott

It will be seen from the above that the only person to appear in both films in a leading role is Eleanor Summerfield, which she plays to her usual perfection but which in my humble opinion she serves best as Sheila Wilcott.

First and foremost, Michael Hordern is a poor substitute for Alastair Sim - the rest get by!

As I say, there is some variation in scenic detail: for example, whereas Agnes is required to work as a servant in a middle-class home in one, she works as a hotel drudge in the second. Thus, we are excluded the superb casting of John Laurie as Gordon Webb, the cantankerous hypochondriacal father of daughter Joan Webb (Veronica Hurst) in whose household Agnes finds herself humiliated as a housemaid.

I also find a loss of subtly in some of the minor parts with some exceptions, Arthur Lowe as the Police Sergeant for example. An so on . . .

In the light of all this, I feel inclined to give "Some Will, Some Won't" a mere THREE stars but taken purely on its own merits a grudging FOUR stars. Not easy!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Will, Some Won't, 11 Jun 2014
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This film has been given terrible reviews by the professional critics but I liked it and cannot understand why it has been panned so thoroughly. It is cheap to buy so give it a go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I did!, 3 July 2014
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I saw the original one wet Sunday on TV and was intrigued to see this remake with an impressive cast. The original had a naive charm which this lacks a bit but it is entertaining , nostalgic, perfect for aniher wet weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars v funny, 21 April 2014
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incredible intro goes downhill progressively to end.
increasingly corny for todays taste.
predictable humour.the acting is classic but gets a bit repetitive
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly written comedy with a surprise ending !, 1 Sep 2014
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Bruce Miller "hyper2u" (Louisville, Kentucky and San Diego, California) - See all my reviews
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Cleverly written comedy with a surprise ending that was totally unexpected. I enjoyed this movie but would not place it in the top category of really great DVD's. It was fast paced, excellent quality of sound and picture, and well acted. The characters were unique and perfect their screen roles which were a hodge podge of siblings and relatives squabbling over a substantial inheritance. The fact that they could all use the money drove them to extraordinary actions what were out of character, but in character with their eccentric lifestyles. It was an enjoyable DVD that was entertaining with lots of laughs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some funny moments, 27 April 2014
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A reasonable remake of 'Laughter in Paradise', but doesn't quite hit the mark. The only place it truly outshines the original is Thora Hird's scenes. A sad waste of Phillips and Corbetts talents but still worth a viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A total gem!, 7 Jun 2014
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I recorded this film on our very first video recorder in 1980, I then purchased the shocking Warner release on video tape in the early 90's. I have waited a long time for a good print of this fabulous film: And here it is! A much underrated and little known remake...Thora Herd is the star here, her performance is very camp!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 13 July 2014
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Great stuff - and at a great price
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